Residents urged to always check their change after claims that fake £2 coins are currently in circulation in the Inverness area
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Concerns have been raised that counterfeit £2 coins are currently in circulation in the Inverness area.
The claim was made via one of the city's Facebook pages and residents are being urged to check their change.
Ways to identify the fake currency include: they are very shiny compared with the real ones; they say 2 pounds instead of two pounds; and there is no dotted ridge around the portrait of the Queen on the counterfeit money.
A Police Scotland spokesman said they had not been made aware of the situation but it was always a good idea to check your change.
He said: "We would encourage any businesses or individuals who regularly work with cash to be aware of any warning signs of counterfeit notes or coins.
"Please check all currency you are handed, particularly if they are of high value, before completing a transaction. In particular, examine notes carefully for texture, watermark, sharpness of print and size.
"Retailers can take simple steps to avoid being scammed in this fashion by using such items as counterfeit note detector pens or UV scanners, both of which greatly increase the chances of picking up a counterfeit note before change has been passed of goods supplied.
"Anyone who deliberately uses counterfeit currency is committing a crime and we will investigate all instances reported to us."